Stephen Sestanovich

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Sestanovich at the 2014 Texas Book Festival.

Stephen Sestanovich (born June 8, 1950) is an American government official, academic, and author. He is the Kathryn and Shelby Cullom Davis Professor at the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia University. His areas of expertise include Russia and the former Soviet Union, the Caucasus and Central Asia, and U.S. foreign policy.[1]


Sestanovich holds a B.A. from Cornell University (1972) and a Ph.D. in government from Harvard University (1978). He has held several government positions since 1980, including senior legislative assistant to U.S. Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan (1980-81), policy planner for the U.S. Department of State during the Reagan Administration (1981-84), and senior director for policy development at the U.S. National Security Council (1984-87). He served as ambassador-at-large and special adviser to the secretary of state for the new independent states of the former Soviet Union under U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright (1997–2001).

In addition to his teaching duties, Sestanovich is the George F. Kennan Senior Fellow for Russian and Eurasian Studies at the Council on Foreign Relations.[2]


  • Maximalist - America in the World from Truman to Obama New York 2014, ISBN 0307268179

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